Central Texas News

For young children, Halloween night is one of the best of the year. But trick-or-treating can be dangerous if kids and parents aren’t careful. Families can visit participating stores at Round Rock Premium Outlets and collect treats for a fun and  safe trick-or-treating experience on October 31.

Calling all ghouls and goblins! Costumed children under 12 are invited to join Round Rock Premium Outlets for a Center-wide Trick-or-Treating event from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, October 31. Families can enjoy collecting treats from participating retailers throughout the center for a safe and fun event*. Participating stores will be denoted by a special pumpkin decal on their front doors.

*While Supplies Last


Tuesday, October 31
10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Round Rock Premium Outlets
4401 North IH-35
Round Rock, TX 78664

Please call 512.863.6688 or visit www.simon.com. Area shoppers looking for the latest deals, contests and event information can also visit www.facebook.com/roundrockpremiumoutlets, www.twitter.com/roundrockpo, or www.instagram.com/roundrockpo.

JIGSAW is bringing back the iconic blood drive to save more lives than ever and Lionsgate is partnering with We Are Blood, the sole local source of blood for a ten-county area in Central Texas since 1952.

Donate blood at the donation center on 4300 N. Lamar Blvd on October 20th from 8am-5pm and receive a free ticket (while supplies last) to see JIGSAW in theaters October 27. Courtesy of Lionsgate and Atom Tickets.

Connect on Facebook here as an easy and convenient way for you to RSVP and receive reminders and updates about the blood drive as well as share with your friends!

The SAW blood drive has been a tradition since the first SAW movie became a record-breaking franchise in 2004. Past campaigns have showcased vintage nurses as the blood drive ambassadors. Public support has been overwhelming, leading to incredible participation.
To date, 120,000 pints have been donated and 360,000 lives have been saved.


Have you heard about The Hive? It’s a really cool place in Austin opening on October 23rd. A co-working, child care, coffee & beer kind of place. Sounds like a dream for remote workers & parents who need to get away.

Here are some more details about The Hive you need to know:

How it works
Open Seating: We also have a beautiful cafe area with cafe tables, bar top, and lounge area and any and all are welcome to visit or work in that area at no charge. We are also lucky enough to have a beautiful outdoor area under a shaded pecan tree with picnic tables and toys for your kiddos that you’d like to keep with you while you visit/work.

CoWorking Rooms: We are also preparing a board room that will be rentable hourly for conference meetings, as well as a room with 5 designated desks rentable monthly. We’ll wrap up the final touches on those rooms within the next week or two so stay tuned for more info on those.

Child Supervision: We have 20 spots available in the supervised childcare area, so please  reserve a spot online! Please remember that we are NOT a full-time licensed childcare facility, so some rules apply:

  • You must remain on-site while your child is in our care.
  • We will call or text when a diaper needs changing or a potty break is needed.
  • Children may only stay up to 4 hours per day / 12 hours per week.

Hours: We will be open from 8am – 5pm Monday – Friday and 8am – 3pm Saturday (with Sunday reserved for parties and special events) but we will adjust as we see fit.  Since this is such a unique business model, we won’t know what our customers need until we are open for a while.


Come on out with your 2-legged and 4-legged companions for a fun filled day at the 10th Annual Dogtoberfest Austin at The Domain! The annual fundraiser supports local dog-rescue organizations. In 2016, over 6,000 people and their canine companions attended the event.

Dogtoberfest Austin includes more than 50 pet-related vendor booths, a silent auction, a canine costume contest, wiener dog races, pet portraits and pet-related demonstrations. Prior to the day’s activities, the sixth annual DogtoberTROT race throughout The Domain II starts at 9 a.m.

Guests can purchase a $20 ticket for access to the VIP Tent from 10am-4pm (re-entry with wristband allowed), one drink ticket, fajita buffet, and soft drinks! A limited amount of spaces are available, and tickets are first come, first serve.

Dogtoberfest Austin is an Austin based, 501c3 non-profit organization, created for the purpose of instilling awareness about dog rescue, as well as raising much needed moneys for local dog rescue organizations. The organization has no paid staff and all the proceeds benefit local dog rescue organizations.

Saturday, October 21
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Registration begins 8 a.m.
Race begins 9 a.m.

Domain II, between Dick’s Sporting Goods & Dillard’s
11410 Century Oaks Terrace
Austin, TX 78758

General Admission: FREE
VIP Tent Access: $20

Registration is $30 for each team (consisting of 1 human & 1 canine), $10 per additional members under 12, $30 for any additional Trotter over 12.

For more information please visit http://dogtoberfestaustin.org/ or http://www.simon.com/mall/the-domain. Area shoppers looking for the latest deals, contests and event information can also visit www.facebook.com/TheDomainAustin.

SYFY and Alamo Drafthouse are partnering to present the SYFY25 Screening Series, a fun-filled retrospective of genre classics to celebrate the network’s upcoming 25th anniversary.

As part of that screening series, they’ve put together another amazing screening event: EVIL DEAD 2. In the woods. With America’s finest leading chin, Bruce Campbell, in attendance.

EVIL DEAD 2 is celebrating its 30 birthday, this year, and in honor of that momentous occasion, they’re bringing two great tastes that taste great together for an unforgettable nerve-shatteringly immersive cinematic experience!

Sure, you’ve seen EVIL DEAD 2 (more than a few times, we’re guessing). But have you ever watched it with Ash himself, live and in-person… in the terrifying pitch-black of actual spooky old WOODS?! “Groovy” doesn’t even begin to cover it.

Your ticket not only includes Sam Raimi’s masterpiece of slapstick terror projected in all its brutal and hilarious glory on the big screen but alsoyour very own copy of Bruce’s new book, HAIL TO THE CHIN (every copy of which will be generously provided by Austin’s own BookPeople) with a chance to get it signed by the King himself — plus other gory-good surprises we can’t reveal just yet.

What are you waiting for? Get tickets here!

In honor of two epic films screening this Memorial Day weekend, Alamo Drafthouse Austin is pleased to announced the return of a much-requested favorite: Alamo Drafthouse Boat Parties.

On Saturday, May 27th, abandon all hopes of boredom for all ye brave enough to join the crew of the Alamo Drafthouse for the return of the greatest parrrrrrrrrty the high seas have ever known: The PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES Boat Party Adventure on May 27th.

With a new Captain Jack adventure on the horizon we couldn’t pass up this opportunity for more adventure on the high seas (actually on Lady Bird Lake) filled with treasures beyond yer wildest dreams, plentiful grog, and pirate booty that shows no sign of stopping,

Tickets includes a day of pirate pandemonium. It starts on dry land with a screening of PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES at Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, then shoves off onto the sea (of Lady Bird Lake) for untold pirate adventures.

Then, on Memorial Day, May 29th, Alamo Drafthouse, Golden Hornet Composer Laboratory, and LOLA (Local Opera Local Artists) invite lovers of opera and adventure to attend an epic FITZCARRALDO Boat Party. The afternoon begins at Alamo Drafthouse Ritz with a special 35mm screening of writer/director Werner Herzog’s surreal epic of one man’s fevered dream of bringing opera to the jungle at any cost, FITZCARRALDO.

The evening continues with an unforgettable operatic voyage on scenic Lady Bird Lake. Enjoy a beautiful evening cruise featuring professional artists from Austin’s hottest new opera company.  Arias, duets, trios, quartets… all for you (and anyone who happens to be on the banks of Lady Bird Lake). Refreshments on board will be provided courtesy of Easy Tiger and Antonelli’s Cheese Shop.

Ticketing for both events are on sale now at Drafthouse.com.


Sat, May 27th
Lady Bird Lake
Mon, May 29th
Lady Bird Lake

NEA Chairman Jane Chu and Blue Star Families CEO Kathy Roth-Douquet announced the eighth annual launch of Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel, including National Guard and Reserve and their families, from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2017. The program provides families an opportunity to enjoy the nation’s cultural heritage and learn more about their community, especially after a military move. The list of participating museums is available at arts.gov/bluestarmuseums. This list will be updated throughout the summer as more museums sign up.

“The Blue Star Museums program is a great opportunity for the NEA to team up with local museums in every state in the nation to support our service members and their families,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “It means a lot to offer these families access to high-quality, budget-friendly opportunities to spend time together.”

Last summer, more than 900,000 military members and their families took advantage of free admission as part of Blue Star Museums, visiting not only fine arts museums, but also science museums, music museums, nature centers, and children’s museums.

Blue Star Families Chief Executive Officer Kathy Roth-Douquet says service members and their families look forward to the variety of participating Blue Star Museums each summer. “Whether they want to blast off at a science museum, take a walk through nature, or encounter animals at the aquarium, Blue Star Museums will help service members and their families create memories this summer,” said Roth-Douquet. “This fantastic collaboration with the NEA brings our local military and civilian communities together and offers families fun and enriching activities in their home towns. We are thrilled with the continued growth of the program and the unparalleled opportunities it offers.”

This year’s Blue Star Museums program welcomes many new participating museums, including the Edgar Allen Poe Museum in Richmond, Virginia; the Blues Foundation’s Blues Hall of Fame Museum in Memphis Tennessee; the Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument in Hagerman, Idaho; and the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming.

All summer long, Blue Star Museums will share stories through social media. Follow Blue Star Museums on Twitter @NEAarts and @BlueStarFamily, #bluestarmuseums, on Facebook, and read the NEA Art Works blog for weekly stories on participating museums and exhibits.

Museums that wish to participate in Blue Star Museums may contact bluestarmuseums@arts.gov, or Wendy Clark, NEA Director of Museums at clarkw@arts.gov.

Leadership support for Blue Star Families programming and promotional materials has been provided by MetLife Foundation. The effort to recruit museums has involved partnerships with the American Alliance of Museums, the Association of Art Museum Directors, the Association of Children’s Museums, the American Association of State and Local History, the Association of Science-Technology Centers, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Blanton Museum of Art
Elisabet Ney Museum
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
LBJ Presidential Library
Mexic-Arte Museum
Neill-Cochran House Museum
Texas Capitol Visitors-State Preservation Board
Texas Memorial Museum
Texas Military Forces Museum
Texas State Capitol-State Preservation Board
The Bullock Texas State History Museum
The Contemporary Austin
The Contemporary Austin – Jones Center
The Contemporary Austin – Laguna Gloria
UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum

San Antonio:
Blue Star Contemporary
Briscoe Western Art Museum
Casa Navarro State Historic Site
McNay Art Museum
San Antonio Museum of Art
The Alamo
UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures
Villa Finale: Museum & Gardens

Central Texas’ most well-known children’s theatre company, Pollyanna Theatre, a resident company of the Long Center for the Performing Arts, presents the world premiere of Playing Possum: A Trickster Tale from Mexico by Holly Hepp-Galvan. This new play, best suited for children ages 5-9, opens May 12 – 21 at the Rollins Studio Theatre at the Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 West Riverside, Austin, TX 78704.

Long ago, possums didn’t look the way they do today. They were silky white and had beautiful tails with long, thick fur. And they loved to play tricks, particularly on poor Coyote. In this retelling of Mexican folklore, we follow Possum’s adventures with Coyote, Rabbit, Snake and Grandmother Turtle as they prepare for el gran fiesta when every animal gets to choose what they will look like forever. Along the way, Possum ends up playing one trick too many and he is called upon to save the world by bringing a chunk of the sun down to earth. Combined with Spanish language elements and traditional Mexican symbols, this play will have children laughing while they think about what it really means to be clever.

While the plot and characters in Playing Possum: A Trickster Tale from Mexico are drawn from several popular Mexican folktales, many cultures use traditional trickster and animal characters to explain human nature. The trickster figure in this play, Possum, will show kids the values of being clever and the consequences of being tricky. Children will also be able to discuss the power of storytelling, which was once only an oral tradition through which older generations passed down valuable life lessons. This play provides teachers and caregivers of Latino children an opportunity to connect by understanding their culture and expands the cultural knowledge of non-Latino children.

Parents, teachers and caregivers can download a free study guide to accompany the production by visiting http://www.pollyannatheatrecompany.org/teachers/lesson-plans/. The guide contains an overview of the play, educational objectives and pre/post discussion questions and activities. In addition to public performances, Playing Possum: A Trickster Tale from Mexico is also available for schools and camps throughout Central Texas.

WHEN: May 12 at 11:30 am, May 13 – 14 and 20 – 21 at 2:00 pm, May 15, 18, 19 at 9:30 am and 11:30 am

WHERE: Rollins Studio Theatre at the Long Center for the Performing Arts 701 W. Riverside Drive, Austin, TX  78704

TICKETS: Tickets range from $10 – $14. For weekend performances, tickets may be purchased online by visiting www.thelongcenter.org/event/playing-possum. For weekday performances, call (512) 743-7966 for tickets.

KEDI is a critically-acclaimed documentary about the lives of cats who roam freely throughout the metropolis of Istanbul and bring joy and purpose to the people they choose to love. The film has had a massively successful theatrical release, becoming the third highest grossing foreign language documentary ever, having garnered $2.4M, to date. KEDI will continue its theatrical run in select locations throughout the year. This feature-length film, which made its world premiere at the Istanbul Independent Film Festival, was produced by Ceyda Torun and Charlie Wuppermann. Torun also serves as the film’s director and Wuppermann as the cinematographer. KEDI will debut on YouTube Red on May 10, 2017.

In Istanbul, the cat is more than just a cat. It embodies the indescribable energy, culture, and uniqueness that is the essence of the city. Cats have become an essential part of the fabric of Istanbul. They are the mirrors to the people, allowing them to reflect on their lives in ways nothing else could. The seven distinct feline personalities featured in the film are: Sari (“The Hustler”), Duman (“The Gentleman”),  Bengü (“The Lover”), Aslan Parçasi (“The Hunter”), Gamsiz (“The Player”), Psikopat (“The Psycho”), and Deniz (“The Social Butterfly”).

The cinematic visuals in KEDI take you on a “cat’s eye” journey through the winding streets of Istanbul, and invite you to experience the communal approach of the residents who care for the cats while allowing them to retain their independence.

“We know the YouTube audience has a never-ending fascination with all things cats,” said Susanne Daniels, Global Head of Original Content, YouTube. “Ceyda Torun and Charlie Wuppermann’s visually stunning documentary featuring seven charismatic felines navigating the streets of Istanbul has resonated with theatergoers around the world, and it has all the right elements to be incredibly popular on YouTube Red.”

“I realized that my stories of the street cats of Istanbul were not exclusive to me. Everyone who formed a meaningful relationship with these creatures has come to experience life and their part in it differently,” said KEDI producer and director Ceyda Torun. “Cats have become synonymous with the city itself, ultimately, embodying its soul. This film is, in many ways, a love letter to those cats and the city.”

The film was executive produced by Thomas Podstawski and Gregor Kewel.

YouTube Red is a paid membership that gives you an enhanced, uninterrupted experience across YouTube, YouTube Music, YouTube Gaming and YouTube Kids. Members also get exclusive access to new Original series and movies from top YouTube creators. YouTube Red is currently available in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and Korea with plans for additional international expansion throughout the year.

The Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF) – a non-profit organization that funds and directs scientific research and educational initiatives for sustainable waste management practices – in collaboration with the School Nutrition Foundation (SNF), has developed the School Cafeteria Discards Assessment Project (SCrAP) to quantify both food waste and related wastes (e.g. recyclables, to landfill) generated in cafeterias at private K-12 schools nationally.

According to a report from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), roughly 40% of food produced in America is thrown away, which equates to nearly $165 billion worth of food each year.*

SCrAP aims to gather information regarding the quantity of waste generated in school cafeterias and gain an understanding of how this waste is managed both at the school and after it is hauled away.

In order to obtain accurate data, EREF has turned to elementary, middle and high schools, as well as private K-12 institutions, across the United States to compile data that could aid in significantly reducing food waste generation.

In addition to this information, SCrAP could provide benefits to schools such as:

  • Educating students/school staff regarding more sustainable waste management strategies
  • Reducing unnecessary food waste
  • Reducing food costs to schools
  • Developing ways to better manage institutional food waste

School participation can be as simple as completing a questionnaire or as involved as providing waste weight measurements. SCrAP participants will receive waste related educational materials for the classroom, a snapshot results report tailored for each school (for specified participation levels), and the chance to win money to support the school, up to a maximum of $1,500.

EREF has also developed Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/SCRAPresearch/) and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/scrapproject/) accounts for the SCrAP program. Anyone can learn more about and help promote the program by visiting these pages and posting photos of their own food waste using the hashtag #myfoodscraps. 

For more information on the SCrAP project, including school registration instructions, please visit www.erefdn.org or send an e-mail to SCRAP@erefdn.org.

EREF is a 501(c)3 class charity that funds and directs scientific research and educational initiatives for waste management practices to benefit industry participants and the communities they serve. For more complete information on EREF funded research, its scholarship program and how to donate to this great cause, visit www.erefdn.org.

*According to the 2012 Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) report “Wasted: How America is Losing Up to 40 Percent of Its Food from Farm to Fork to Landfill”

The Long Center for the Performing Arts is pleased to announce that Shopkins Live!, the first live theatrical production based on the phenomenally successful Shopkins toy brand will come to Dell Hall on October 21. The first national tour was jointly announced today by Gilles Paquin, President and CEO of Koba Entertainment, and Nicole Hardiman, Senior Licensing Manager at Moose Toys.  Tickets go on sale Friday, April 28 at 10AM at TheLongCenter.org.

Based on America’s #1 toy brand, Youtube sensation and international toy phenomenon created in Australia by Moose Toys, Shopkins Live! will feature The Shoppies and Shopkins characters taking the stage with an all new storyline, original pop music and video highlights as ‘Jessicake’, ‘Bubbleisha’, ‘Peppa-Mint’ and friends prepare for Shopville’s annual “Funtastic Food and Fashion Fair”.

“Shopkins is literally on every child’s wish list,” commented Paquin, who also serves as Executive Producer of Shopkins Live!  “Koba Entertainment’s partnership with an innovative and leading toy manufacturer like Moose Toys allows us to bring one of the most successful toy brands in history to life on stage.”

“We are thrilled to have Koba Entertainment presenting our first-ever live theatrical show for Shopkins,” added Hardiman.  “This will be a fantastic event featuring the Shopkins and Shoppies in an amazing adventure that our North American fans can experience.”

Since its launch in 2014, the Shopkins brand continues to be a hot ticket item for children worldwide.  Shoppies dolls consistently rank as the #1 kids toy in the U.S.; the first-ever Shopkins movie, Shopkins Chef Club, was released last year by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment; and numerous dedicated apps continue to expand the brand’s ever-growing world.

Shopkins Live! will run for approximately 90 minutes, with one 15-minute intermission. For more information on Shopkins Live! visit www.shopkinsliveontour.com and sign-up to be the first to hear about the pre-sale offer, on-sale dates and North American tour dates.

The Shopkins Live! U.S. tour is represented by APA.

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